Incoming Michigan Medical Students Walk Out of Anti-Abortion-Rights Speaker's Keynote

Dozens of incoming University of Michigan medical students staged a walkout during their white coat induction ceremony on July 24 in protest of the anti-abortion-rights keynote speaker.

Video taken by Brendan Scorpio shows students stand up and walk out as Dr Kristin Collier began her keynote address at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

More than 340 incoming and current University of Michigan medical students signed a petition opposing the selection of Collier as keynote speaker, according to the Michigan Daily.

The petition, which called on the public university to select an alternative speaker, said that Collier has shared multiple anti-abortion posts and has expressed her opposition to abortion in interviews as well. Credit: Brendan Scorpio via Storyful

Video transcript

[CLAPPING]

- Good afternoon. I'm quite honored to have been chosen as this year's White Coat Ceremony Speaker. I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has joined us for this special day, especially--

[CLAPPING]

Good afternoon. I'm quite honored to have been chosen as this year's White Coat Ceremony Speaker. I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has joined us for this special day, especially--

[CLAPPING]

Good afternoon. I'm quite honored to have been chosen as this year's White Coat Ceremony Speaker. I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has joined us for this special day, especially--

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